Technology to Transform The Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

By Prosper Safe 05/10/16

(Sponsored) Locked pill box from ProsperSafe helps substance abuse patients addicted to opioids.

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Technology to Transform The Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic
The Med-O-Wheel SECURE

A durable medical equipment company called ProsperSafe is helping the fight against drug addiction with a new line of locked pill boxes and medication storage safes. This line of devices is designed with both patients and caregivers in mind.

These addiction recovery products are unique because they function both inside and outside of institutional establishments. They have been successfully utilized in Opioid Substitution Treatment programs (methadone/buprenorphine), and have also been used by hundreds of patients at home to help them improve their medication adherence and to avoid medication diversion.

The Med-O-Wheel SECURE, a portable tamper-resistant pill box with unique locking features, only allows access to the right dose of medication at the right time. The caregiver will program the time of day(s) in which the medication is to be administered in advance. At those pre-programmed times, a melody will play to remind the patient, and only that dose is allowed to be dispensed. The Med-O-Wheel SECURE has a built-in tamper alarm, an innovative way for an observer to monitor a patient's activity. This device is locked with a key, allowing the patient's caregiver ultimate control. 

In a recent clinical trial at the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine, use of the Med-O-Wheel produced some encouraging preliminary results. 

Dr. Stacey Sigmon of UVM created the clinical trial for the many opioid-dependent individuals stuck on waitlists for treatment. In addition to securely dispensing the medication buprenorphine using the Med-O-Wheel, daily phone calls, random call-backs and urinalysis testing helped measure opioid withdrawal, craving, illicit drug use, and compliance. 

During the three-month trial, 80% of participants receiving the interim buprenorphine treatment with the Med-O-Wheel achieved abstinence from illicit opioids. By comparison, none of the control group participants achieved abstinence, according preliminary results recorded by Dr. Sigmon.1

More hopeful news for the prescription opioid abuse epidemic was announced just last month by the Obama Administration, who proposed additional actions to address the epidemic.2 One proposed rule is to increase the current patient limit for qualified physicians who prescribe buprenorphine from 100 to 200 patients. This will increase access to medication-assisted treatment for those with opioid use disorders. With locked pill boxes such as the Med-O-Wheel SECURE, new patients can finally be allowed access and help to control their medication regimen. 

In addition to automatic pill dispensers, ProsperSafe provides locked, tamper-resistant and time-released safes for medication storage. These products work to promote self-discipline by "locking out" a patient and temporarily preventing them from accessing PRN meds/pain medication, medical marijuana, nasal sprays or Injectables. They will also help prevent children or teenagers from accessing medications of family members.  

This article is provided by ProsperSafe. The addiction recovery product line from ProsperSafe is designed to grow with patients, offering support throughout all stages of addiction recovery. For more information, please visit www.addictionrecoveryproducts.com.

1. True, Morgan. "UVM Doctor Devises System to Help Addicts Waiting for Treatment." Vtdigger.org. N.p., 13 Oct. 2015. Web. 

2. Office of the Press Secretary. "Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Additional Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic." www.whitehouse.gov. The White House, 29 Mar. 2016. Web.

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